Thrive Napa Valley is helping to build resiliency in the region by shining a light on our communities' success stories by connecting social innovators to one another and by promoting the most effective sustainable practices from around the world.
Thrive Napa Valley encourages leadership through awareness, education, and outreach. We empower our community to connect and engage through inspired action to promote environmental sustainability, social equity and compassion.
Creating CONNECTIONS equals COMMUNITY
The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness. ~ Maya Angelou
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS are selfless acts performed by a person or a group of people wishing to help others. Those who play this game will learn about kindness and compassion by practicing it. You can perform random acts of compassion for those you know, those you don’t, for the earth, or for yourself. Distinct from Service Projects, these acts can be spontaneous.
Unlike the usual perception of side effects that most of us have, the side effects that kindness brings are actually positive and beneficial.
Click hereto view the (pdf) "Five! Side Effects of Kindness" - these include: a healthy heart, better relationships, joy, anti-aging and you'll see that kindness is contagious!
Earth Day - April 22 - Spring of Sustainability (April 22-June 29, 2014)
Beginning on Earth Day, April 22, the Spring of Sustainability will feature an Earth Day Telesummit with sustainability luminaries, on the theme of the "Living Earth and Living Universe."
For the 9 weeks following Earth Day (April 22-June 29) the Spring of Sustainability will feature environmental heroes and visionaries in live, interactive teleseminars offered free to the global community. Online or by phone, you can engage with sustainability leaders and with high-profile organizations doing heroic work in several domains of sustainability. The program is free to register for and each session is free to listen to in real time and free to listen to on the web in a 48-hour replay window after the session ends.
Join other sustainability pioneers in raising consciousness, motivating action, and shifting our world toward a more sustainable and promising future.
Charter for Compassion - Peace starts here
Research shows that practicing compassion leads to many benefits for the individual and ultimately for our cities - physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially. More and more city leaders from across the US, Canada, and the globe are adopting compassion as a focus for city wide action to transform cities and transform the world. Visit Charter for Compassion to learn how they have inspired people in communities and institutions around the globe. And, sign up for their email newsletter, too. < "Together for Peace" by Argentinian artist Juan Carlos Nañake
Sunday Brunch - still going strong
"It takes very little effort to get a regular neighborhood potluck going. Someone has to manage the e-mail list, and make sure there is a volunteer to host for the next month.
It helped once we set a specific day of the month to do this. After that, we built flexibility into that schedule." - Karla Stromberger
Kudos to Karla Stromberger, and her neighbors in Alta Heights, for gathering once a month (since 2006) to keep their Sunday Brunch tradition going strong. Their neighborhood potluck brunch takes place at a different person's house each month. The brunches are usually the 3rd Sunday of the month, but they are flexible about that. Anyone who comes brings a dish to share - anything you want to bring - and their coffee/tea mug. The host/hostess provides coffee and tea, plates, utensils, name tags, etc. Read this article to learn how Karla's neighborhood tradition began. And, be sure to share your ideas that create connection and community with us at Thrive Napa Valley. Thank you for helping us get the word out to others.
Gross National Happiness
Thursday, March 20, 2014 was the United Nations (UN) International Day of Happiness. We share with you a post on happiness and an inspiring interviewwith Dr. Ha Vinh Tho, Program Director the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan.